Melissa Sillivent advances in Texas Tech Department of Animal & Food Sciences
By: Norman Martin
Melissa Sillivent has been named an assistant professor of practice within Texas Tech University's Department of Animal & Food Sciences, according to officials within the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. She officially steps into her new teaching and research post on Sept. 1.
An expert in equine physiology and reproduction, Sillivent joined the department as an instructor and academic advisor in 2019. She was presented the Davis College Ag Council Faculty Member of the Semester Award in 2021.
The California native indicated that she will broadly focus on giving students hands on learning experiences that will build their skills in the vastly growing animal reproduction industry. One of her primary goals at Tech is to share her passion for reproductive physiology, specifically in equine with her students.
Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Sillivent served as an instructor and founder/coach of Sul Ross State University's Ranch Horse Team. In addition, she worked as a breeding assistant at The Arnold Reproduction Center in Weatherford, Texas; and an equine reproduction specialist with Santa Cruz Biotechnology in Weatherford, Texas.
Her bachelor's degree in animal production is from Texas Tech and her master's degree in animal science is from Sul Ross State University. Her doctorate in animal science reproductive physiology is from Texas Tech. She received a certification in the Equine Reproduction Course Series from Colorado State University (2010-2011), and a certification in Cattle Artificial Insemination and Palpation from Semex.
Tech's Department of Animal & Food Sciences is housed in a modern research and teaching facility, and has excellent research support. There are 27 faculty members in the department, many are leading researchers in their respective fields. Areas of research emphasis include meat science and muscle biology, food science and safety, animal nutrition, health, and welfare and companion animal science.
CONTACT: Chance Brooks, Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Animal & Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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